If Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s dominant run in the UFC strawweight division and Jan Blachowicz’s win over Israel Adesanya weren’t enough to put Central Europe on the MMA map, Jiri Prochazka’s brutal knock out of Dominick Reyes at UFC Vegas 25 has surely done the trick. There weren’t a lot of MMA fighters coming to the UFC from the Nordic and Central European regions back in the day, but the sport has now evolved into a truly global one. Today, we will take a look at 6 Nordic and Central European fighters the UFC should sign.
Soren Bak is arguably Denmark’s best when it comes to MMA. The former Cage Warriors titleholder is 14-1 and has a notable win over Britain’s Paddy Pimblett, who recently signed with the UFC and has a lot of hype behind him.
Bak made his Bellator debut in 2019, beating Terry Brazier via unanimous decision, but hasn’t competed since then. ‘The True Viking’ is a very well-rounded fighter and should be a great addition to the UFC roster.
— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) October 28, 2017
Mochamed Machaev is one of the finest Austrian MMA fighters in the world right now, if not the best, but is staying under the radar for now in BRAVE CF. The Middle Eastern MMA promotion has a deep talent pool, that needs to be scouted.
Machaev is a lifelong Karate practitioner, with a Kickboxing background, but has a very good offensive wrestling game. ‘The Beast’ has amassed a 10-0 record at 21 years old and has a bright future ahead of him. Rest assured, we will hear his name a lot in the future.
21-year-old Mochamed Machaev is the only athlete to win three fights in this calendar year, beating tough competition throughout 2020 and ending the year with his first main event – a victory over Shoaib Yousaf at #BRAVECF40 pic.twitter.com/tHkrEHZqWI
— BRAVE Combat Federation (@bravemmaf) December 29, 2020
Mateusz Rębecki is a Polish star in the making. The 28-year-old grappler from Poland has amassed a record of 13-1 in MMA and is currently the Fights Exclusive Night lightweight champion in his home country.
He mostly relies on his BJJ to earn submissions or TKO wins. He’s also a finisher, as 12 of his 13 wins have come by the way of KO, TKO or submission. He also likes to finish the job early as most of his wins have come in the first or second round. He’s surely one to keep an eye on.
— przemek garczarczyk (@garnekmedia) January 12, 2019
Karolina Wojcik is one of the few top female prospects from the region who can make a good run in the UFC. She’s only 26 years old and has amassed an 8-2 MMA record. She competes in the KSW promotion in her home country, where she’s the reigning strawweight champion.
KSW has been home to some of the world’s best fighters, including Jan Blachowicz, Alexander Gustafsson, Thiago Silva, and Melvin Manhoef among others. Being a champion in a promotion like KSW is not an easy task and Wojcik is making sure she stays on top.
— John King (@JohnKingMMA) October 7, 2017
Roberto Soldic is another fighter to keep a close eye on. The 26-year-old is 18-3 and is the reigning KSW welterweight champion. His most notable win came against Dricus Du Plessis (15-2) in their title rematch at KSW 45, where ‘Robocop’ avenged his loss by TKOing Du Plessis, who’s currently signed with the UFC and has quite a lot of hype behind him.
Soldic is a powerhouse, who has earned 15 of his 18 wins by the way of KO/TKO. He is a fierce striker who loves to make light work of his opponents. He definitely has the style that Dana White likes a lot.
— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) October 15, 2017
If you think Alexander Gustafsson is the only top light heavyweight from Sweden, you are utterly wrong. Anton Turkalj promises big things in the future. He’s 7-0 as a professional, with his most recent win coming against Konstantin Soldatov via spinning back fist in only 13 seconds at BRACE CF 50.
Interestingly, his only loss in recent years came against Gustafsson in a no-gi grappling contest. It was a weird one, because both fighters are predominantly strikers. However, Turkalj is a very well-rounded fighter, who has five KO/TKO and two submissions wins in his career.
The Quickest KNOCKOUT in @BRAVEMMAF History!
— Mikey Thomas (@MikeyThomasMMA) April 1, 2021
These are the 6 Nordic and Central European fighters the UFC should sign. Who do you think has the best chance?
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